Emergency Services

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By their very nature, emergencies can cause panic and concern. We understand the range of emotions you may experience when you decide a trip to the emergency room is necessary. We can assure you that the expert care you need is available when it matters most.

Carris Heath provides well-equipped emergency services at two different hospitals: Redwood Hospital and Rice Memorial Hospital.

Is it a Medical Emergency?

If you have any doubt as to whether you have an emergency, you’re encouraged to come in. Some of the more common symptoms that could signal a serious medical emergency include:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stroke symptoms, such as slurred speech, severe headaches or weakness on one side of the body
  • Sharp or severe pain
  • Cuts or large abrasions
  • Possible broken bones
  • Any symptom that you feel needs immediate medical attention

Signs of a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Walking difficulties, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • A severe headache with no known cause

For more information about stroke prevention visit the American Stroke Association.

Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Chest pain and/or discomfort
  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back
  • Feeling of uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath — with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out into a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

For more information, please visit the American Heart Association.

Emergency Services Visiting Physicians

Carris Health - Redwood Hospital:

  • Fahd Arafat, MD
  • Elmer Calica, MD
  • Thomas Chapa, MD
  • Stella Ekong, MD
  • Leighanne Houserman, MD
  • Dean Munnell, MD
  • John Odom, MD
  • Kene Ogbogu, MD
  • Syed Qadri, MD
  • Sakina Sachak, MD
  • Ishan Shah, MD
  • John Torseth, MD

Featured Patient Story

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An A-typical Morning Maria Perry had just brewed her morning coffee on Thursday, March 24, when her right arm began shaking violently as she lifted the pot. She had steadied herself enough to put the pot back on the counter when her right leg suddenly collapsed. “After my leg gave out, I was pretty sure things were not okay. I wondered if I was having a stroke, but I’m only 47 years old,” said Perry, who works in customer service ...
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